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May 19, 2021

How Will A Post-COVID New Zealand Look Like?

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What is an Annual Budget? 



Yearly New Zealand Budget Release is published by the New Zealand Treasury. This document outlines the government's budget for the year, including expected spending and income levels, borrowing levels, financial objectives, and planned investments. Domestic government spending and borrowing levels can have a significant impact on the economy - increased spending generates work for contractors and creates jobs, while borrowing levels impact the nation's credit rating and provide insight into the nation's underlying fiscal position. In general it is an important report that will be analyzed closely by those you have major interest in New Zealand and it could dictate future actions in terms of investing more into the country, or withdrawing out of the country.



What are the Expectations for the NZD Annual Budget Release?



After successfully weathering COVID-19 without a public health or financial catastrophe, New Zealand’s finance minister is putting a cap on expectations for radical public spending in the country’s next budget.


The actual finances will not be announced until 20th of May. But Robertson’s carefully worded speech will dampen hopes of a radical offering later in the month. 



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Finance Minster Robertson branded 2021 the recovery budget, and outlined three core goals for the government’s term: “In addition to keeping New Zealanders safe from COVID-19, we are focused on accelerating our economic recovery and addressing the big three foundational challenges, housing affordability, climate change and child wellbeing.”


Furthermore Robertson gave a glimpse of the vision for New Zealand’s post-COVID economy in his first major pre-budget speech on Tuesday morning. “Against the backdrop of COVID, budget 2021 will take a balanced approach that continues to emphasize investment where it is needed most, alongside careful fiscal management,” Robertson said, in the speech to the commerce commission.

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